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#1 of 8 Old 11-06-2007, 02:03 AM - Thread Starter
 
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First of all, is coconut oil alone enough? It seems great for my face -- nice and light -- but isn't helping my very-dry-hands at all. Do I need to apply something else under/over the coconut oil?

Secondly, does the oil have to be virgin oil? I'm using virgin oil now, but will soon run out, and the only coconut oil available here in Japan is non-virgin.

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Are you eating any of the CO?

I try to cook/bake with it and also I'll sneak a little swipe in the mornings when I'm getting ready (if it's a rare shower day ). Works from the inside out too!

You could try mixing some with some shea butter for a thicker consistency if you can get it where you are. HTH.
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I'm having the same problem. It seems OK on my face and my legs after shaving but my hands are still super dry! I use organic, virgin CO.
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For winter, I alternate between cocoa butter and extra virgin olive oil on non-facial areas. You can add a drop of essential oil into the olive oil if you don't like the olive scent (I personally like it, but it isn't noticeable at all after it soaks into your skin).

I wash my face with coconut oil too - I either do it by itself or put a few drops with my Cetaphil Gentle cleanser so that I don't get wintery dry skin and it clears up any allergy or dry patches I have on my cheeks. It's nice!
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you can easily make your own lotion out of the coconut oil by melting some beeswax or soywax with it and then letting it re-congeal. I would drop in a gelcap or two of vit e for preservative effects. It is not hard but I know what you are talking about with the oil alone not helping.
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Well if you think about it - it's not really good for cold climates. Coconuts are grown in tropical climates and offer lightweight protection for people in very hot countries. It's not going to help in Canada/Russia type conditions most definitely, and now that it's getting colder in other latitudes, it will fall short on moisturizing too. Coconut oil is a tad drying too, so getting a more emollient oil is good for fall/winter skin.
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Well if you think about it - it's not really good for cold climates. Coconuts are grown in tropical climates and offer lightweight protection for people in very hot countries. It's not going to help in Canada/Russia type conditions most definitely, and now that it's getting colder in other latitudes, it will fall short on moisturizing too. Coconut oil is a tad drying too, so getting a more emollient oil is good for fall/winter skin.
Very good point!

Any suggestions for an all-natural face/hand lotion for winter?

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I still use coconut oil for my face at the moment. I may start using a little bit of olive oil. Some people use other stuff for their face, I haven't experimented much, I stick to things that are easy to find and mostly edible. For hands, I use cocoa butter and/or olive oil in the winter.
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